Two Knights and three Panthers cop sanctions for brawl.

BEEN THERE, WON THAT: Newcastle Knights players celebrate their victory against Penrith at Panthers Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

BEEN THERE, WON THAT: Newcastle Knights players celebrate their victory against Penrith at Panthers Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

NEWCASTLE duo Danny Levi and Shaun Kenny-Dowall will cop a hit to their hip pockets but escape suspension after their role in Saturday’s brawl against Penrith.

OFF YOU GO: Referee Ben Cummins dispatches Shaun Kenny-Dowall to the sin-bin for punching. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

OFF YOU GO: Referee Ben Cummins dispatches Shaun Kenny-Dowall to the sin-bin for punching. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

The two Kiwi internationals were sin-binned, along with Penrith’s Villiame Kikau and Tyrone May, after tempers frayed and punches were exchanged four minutes from full-time.

On Sunday the NRL charged all four players, along with Penrith centre Waqa Blake, with grade-one contrary conduct. If they plead guilty, all will be fined $1100.  In the unlikely instance that any try to fight the charges, they face a $1500 sanction if found guilty.

YOU TOO: Referee Cummins sin-bins Penrith pivot Tyrone May for his role in a brawl late in the second half. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

YOU TOO: Referee Cummins sin-bins Penrith pivot Tyrone May for his role in a brawl late in the second half. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

Knights coach Nathan Brown was reluctant to discuss the flare-up, saying he would prefer to focus on his team’s win.

But his Penrith counterpart, Cameron Ciraldo, admitted he was disappointed his players succumbed to frustration.

“That's no excuse to be involved in that,” Ciraldo said.

“I didn't see who started it but we've got to be better than that and keep our cool.”